On our Italian themed Baden Powell Adventure Weekend, we covered a wide range of activities, including pasta making. The pasta was very enjoyable, but unfortunately our pasta carrying skills were not as good as our pasta making skills and some ended-up on the floor! We got to discover the many different ways of booking a holiday by planning a virtual trip to Venice. As patrols we got to experience the responsibility of handling our own money and ordering our own food at a restaurant, which was very enjoyable and was a great chance to get to know one another. One of our outdoor activities was geocaching in which we were let loose in the countryside on our own to find boxes of treasure. We then spent our final hours making Venetian masks which showed us a snapshot of the culture of Italy as well as letting our creativity flourish. All in all the weekend was a great success and a lovely way to celebrate our achievements and get to know others who have done the same.
Written by Daniella and Josie, two of the Guides who attended the weekend
As a member of the WAGGGS European training and events team, I have been privileged to be working on both the European and World level in November and I would like to share some personal thoughts from the World conference on Growing Guiding. It's actually taking a while for them to settle in my brain. In the UK we help girls and young women develop their potential through Guiding and we have enormous numbers of girls led by exceptional leaders and supported by peer educators who grow up stronger and better equipped to face the world ahead.
In Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Pakistan and Zambia – not only do they do this too, but they save lives too by giving girls the skills, knowledge and confidence to say no to violence, FGM, early marriage and child slavery. I feel humbled and amazed by both the young pioneers in emerging Movements and the ladies who have helped Guiding thrive in their countries through turmoil, war and awful threats to women's lives.
Over the next few weeks, I would like to give some real thought as to how I can support some of these organisations as they strive to meet the needs of even more girls in so much more challenging conditions than we will ever know. I feel sure out of this will come a new project and purpose at the end of my time as County Commissioner – Helen
Photo shows Pascaline from Rwanda with Helen, with all sorts of other international leaders in the mirror.
We would like to wish Sue Haines congratulations on being awarded with her 40 years award! Sue was presented with her award at Brownies as a surprise. We are sure that she has helped develop many, many girls and young women over her 40 years. Thank-you Sue for all you do for Guiding in Gloucestershire!
Above: Sue pictured with some of her Brownies.
A Senior Section member from Bishop's Cleeve organisaed a Christmas Celebration afternoon for the Leaders and Trefoil Guild members in the area. They really enjoyed themselves having tea, cake and sandwiches while watching 2nd Bishops Cleeve Rainbows and 1st Bishops Cleeve Brownies entertain them.
The girls had been hard working on a range of entertainment to go towards their entertainers badge (for brownies) and festivals badge (for rainbows). There were musical instruments such as violin, guitar and piano plus there were poems, dancing, gymnastics and acting. There was also some group songs that both the rainbows and Brownies sang together- 'Jingle bells' and a '12 Days of Christmas' Brownie Version, finishing off with 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas'. They also sang The Rain song which is where you use sounds like rubbing hands together, clicking, patting your legs and jumping, to make it sound like a rain and thunder storm - it sounded really good. The Leaders and Trefoil guild enjoyed the performances and were pleased with how well the Rainbows and Brownies behaved.
Later we also had a short Christmas quiz and a raffle.
Michelle says "The event was for my phase 3 Service in Guiding element for my Queens Guide Award. I had to take an active part in planning an event which involves at least 2 units. I did this by taking lead role for the event. I had help planning it with 1st Bishops Cleeve Brownie Leaders, Shirley & Dawn, and Bishops Cleeve District Trefoil member, Mary. They helped me with the catering, setting up the hall and the preparation leading up to the event. Also helping me on the day was Katherine (Bishops Cleeve District Rangers) and Jess (2nd Bishops Cleeve Guides) who helped serve tea and coffee and hand out raffle tickets while I ran the event. They also baked cakes too! And thanks to Dawn (one of Bishops Cleeve District commissioners) who also helped a lot with the catering for my event; baking cakes and helping make sandwiches. Please could you say a special Thank You to these people."
Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from across the country took part in Blue Peter's record breaking longest ever super hero cape. Members from over 100 units took part, including units in Gloucestershire.
Well done to 1st Yorkley Brownies and 11th Cheltenham Brownies for being invited to take part.
The cape celebrates the community action spirit of Guiding and measures over 44 metres!
To view the unveiling of the cape on Blue Peter (about 21 minutes into the show), click here.
To view the backstage footage of the cape, including a glimpse of each individual spot, click here.
Members from all sections and all corners of the county came together today for a day of fun, all in the name of "Performing Arts."
From scarf juggling to unicycle riding, from drumming to singing, our members enjoyed a wide range of activities, building their musical skills, communication skills and confidence.
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